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A report from the US Library of Congress legal branch released this week concluded that the ousting of elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was “legal and constitutional”.
The coming electoral year makes it difficult for the Brazilian congress to approve in the short term the agreement reached with Paraguay referred to the surplus energy from the world’s largest operational hydroelectric dam Itaipú, signed last July by presidents Lula da Silva and Fernando Lugo.
A recent survey by the Cisco Latin America Broadband Barometer showed that Chile has the highest percentage of broadband Internet connections in South America. The study found that 9.7% of Chile’s population has access to broadband.
Ecuador is considering the purchase of 12 Atlas Cheetah C fighter bombers from South Africa, according to Defence minister Javier Ponce in an interview with Quito’s newspaper El Universal.
The activity displayed by ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa has triggered controversy in Brazil’s political establishment and uncertainty about diplomatic jargon such as the extent of the “refuge” condition.
The Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) will open its new Latinamerican headquarters in Chile next Monday, Sept. 28. J-PAL is an organization that investigates poverty and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Economics.
Amongst the different leftist governments in Latin America, there are new and rather strident populist regimes (Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador), which seem to grab all the attention.
Weak international markets led to a 6% drop in the value of Chile’s fresh fruit exports this past 2008/2009 season, reported Fedefruta President Rodrigo Echeverría this week in Santiago.
A proposed visit by a team of rugby players to the Falkland Islands, scheduled to arrive for a week long visit on December 12, has caused controversy in the Islands, reports the Penguin News.
The Organization of American States, OAS, and the European Union agreed Wednesday to send their ambassadors in Honduras back to Tegucigalpa, the city which they left following the June coup that deposed constitutional president Manuel Zelaya.